Note: The Department of Music is not accepting applications for the Collaborative Piano specialization for Fall 2019.

The Department of Music accepts applications for the Fall quarter only. Admission to the department is based on acceptance by the UCLA Graduate Division and a faculty review of the applicant's work. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited US institution or comparable international institution, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 for the last two years of upper division coursework.

A major in music is not required as long as the applicant has the necessary background and musicianship to pursue graduate study. While the audition carries the most weight, the entire application is evaluated in making admission decisions. For further information on other requirements as well as general information on the UCLA Graduate Program in Music, the applicant should refer to Program Requirements for UCLA Graduate Degrees.

NOTE:  Applicants for the MM in Jazz Performance must apply directly to the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance.  Students who are selected for admission to the Monk Institute will receive instructions for enrolling at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.


Applicants must submit the UCLA Graduate Division Application for Graduate Admission by December 1 at 11:59 PM PST.  The application includes the following components:

  • Unofficial transcripts: Upload unofficial copies of transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended.  Community college transcripts are not necessary, as the coursework will be reflected on the undergraduate transcript.
  • Statement of Purpose: A response to the following prompt: Please discuss your academic and musical goals and your reasons for applying to UCLA’s graduate music program.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation are required.  Applicants must enter the names and contact information of three recommenders within the application.  An electronic recommendation request will be sent to recommenders, and recommendation letters must be submitted via this request.
  • Writing Sample (DMA applicants only): Provide a scholarly/research paper on a subject in the field of music of a level of intellectual and critical engagement appropriate to graduate level work.
  • Pre-Screening: Applicants to the Strings, Voice, Piano, and Conducting areas are required to submit pre-screening audition recordings as part of the online application.  Please see Pre-Screening Information for detailed instructions about pre-screening material requirements.


Those applicants who advance beyond the pre-screening round and those in areas that do not require pre-screening will be invited to UCLA to audition for department faculty.  All applicants are strongly encouraged to audition in person, however, the Department will accept video auditions from applicants who are unable to attend auditions on campus. See the following links for information about on-campus auditions. Unless otherwise stated, the listed repertoire requirements and recommendations apply to both pre-screening and final auditions. 

Audition Dates 

Repertoire Requirements

Writing Assessment: As part of the on-campus audition, MM Voice applicants and all DMA applicants will be asked to spend 30-45 minutes writing an extemporaneous essay on a general musical topic. The assessment requires no advance preparation and is designed to serve as an additional measure of your writing skills.

International Applicants

Academic Records: Please see the Graduate Division website for information about the official academic records you are required to submit with your application.

English Language Requirements: All applicants are required to demonstrate English language proficiency in order to be eligible for admission.  Proficiency can be demonstrated in two ways:

1) Holding a bachelor's or higher degree from a university located in the United States or in another country in which English is the primary spoken language of daily life (e.g., Australia, Barbados, Canada, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, United Kingdom) and the medium of instruction


2) Submitting scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

If admitted, applicants may also be required to confirm their English language proficiency upon arrival.  Please see the Graduate Division website for more information.


Official transcripts are not required at the time of application.  All applicants must submit unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended within the UCLA Graduate Division Application for Graduate Admission.  Applicants who are admitted and submit a Statement of Intent to Register to UCLA must submit official transcripts.  Official transcripts should be sent from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended either electronically to , or by mail to 

Graduate Admissions - Music
2520 Schoenberg Music Building
445 Charles Young Drive East
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1616


Music Graduate Admissions Frequently Asked Questions

Orchestral Conducting: FAQ for Orchestral Conducting

Wind Conducting: FAQ for Wind Conducting

Choral Conducting: Please contact James Bass, Director of Choral Studies

The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music offers graduate degrees in three different departments.
For applicants interested in degree programs in Ethnomusicology or Musicology, please visit
the department website for admissions information.


Please contact with questions about applying the Music graduate program.